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Posting delays. again.

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LAST week’s Scent Diary should be up sometime this afternoon.

I cannot find my review of Madame Rochas (An AldeHo Dishes) and will be having to rewrite it.

Went to the high school’s awards ceremony this morning.  Bookworm was one of the five students nominated for “Most Valuable” (which is an academic/school involvement/leadership/personification of good student values sort of honor), and I’m very very proud of her.  But I was gone all morning.

Gaze has a football game today…

… which I will be missing so that I can go to praise team practice at Cody’s house this evening, thereby skipping out on community chorus practice.

I’ve been writing – but not blog stuff.

Bad Mals.

Let’s just hope next week will be better.  Okay?

Okay, then.

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Perfume Reviews: Coty Muse and Les Muses

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“Lyre… a song… caressed by a note that is eternal, crystalline… unforgettable souvenir of an ideal inspiration. The birth of a grand perfume is an event.”

The Scene: I’m trolling eBay for “vintage Coty perfume,” like I do sometimes because I have a lech for old Cotys (hey, don’t JUDGE me, okay? they’re frequently cheap and often very good) and I run across this ad for Muse de Coty, and I’m thinking, “Ya kidding me, right?  An old Coty named Muse?  Well, I have to try that one.  HAVE to.”

So then I went looking for Muse de Coty… and went on looking, for a long time.  Nobody had any.  I checked the forums for information, and there was nothing.  No reviews.  Checked the blogs, and nobody had reviewed it.  (Well, Natalie at Another Perfume Blog mentioned running across it at an antiques shop along with vintage Chypre and some old Emeraude dusting powder, but no review as of yet.  And there’s a brief mention of it by Octavian at 1000Fragrances, but also no true review.)

And then somebody found his great-aunt’s cache of discontinued and rare perfumes, some of them unopened, and sold them on eBay: JACKPOT!!  The full bottle of Muse parfum de toilette, 2.0 oz., in box, became mine for the princely sum of $27, shipping included. Continue reading →

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School starts tomorrow!

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School buses in the fall

Yippee!  (Well, technically, only Taz starts school tomorrow – a day early because he’s starting a new school. Kindergarteners, sixth graders, and ninth graders start the day before everybody else goes back.)

But as of Wednesday, all my kids will be in school.  And The CEO’s classes start next Tuesday.

So look for last week’s Scent Diary to be posted Tuesday before noon, and since I missed posting my reviews of Coty Muse and Les Muses last week, I’ll put that up this week too as well as my review of Ines de la Fressange.

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Scent Diary, July 30 – August 5, 2012

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Sorry for delay!  Laptop was wonky.

Monday, July 30: Took the boys for their annual eye appointments. Gaze’s vision has changed only a little, but Taz’s has improved considerably. They both need new glasses, so we stopped by Wendy’s for fast food and then by Wal-Mart, which I’ve found to have a good/cheap eyeglass service (Consumer Reports agrees with me, by the way, if you want to look it up). Gaze ate a burger called Son of Baconator – I think it’s two patties, with bacon. No cheese, because he hates cheese – one of these days I’ll make sure to have his DNA checked, since both The CEO and I love cheese! – but extra bacon. Gaze loooooves bacon SOTD: Silences. Wonderful stuff. Gaze started Official Football Practices for the middle school team this evening… all 92 pounds of him, sigh. Because of the eye appointments, I missed helping with band camp today. Thunderstorms this evening.

Pirate deck at Club Earl

The marching band show this year is called “Mutiny!” and includes the Introit from Mozart’s Requiem, snippets of soundtrack from various “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, and other songs called “Swashbuckler” and “Water.”

Tuesday, July 24 – A little cooler today, which is good because we’ve got band camp the rest of the week. In the past, band camp has been “away,” either at a college campus or something like a church camp site, but for the past two years has been held at our high school, on the band practice field, for financial reasons. That is, we’re saving money for band trips rather than spending it on band camp housing and meals; the kids sleep at home, of course, and because of the lunch program through the school, lunch is provided. (When I was in marching band, eons ago, we always did band camp at our high school as well. However, instead of a nice grassy practice field, we marched ON THE ASPHALT PARKING LOT. In AUGUST. These kids don’t know how lucky they are – we only got onto actual grass for two hours on the very last day of band camp, after the football players went home.) Continue reading →

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Scent Diary posting later today

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This is Bookworm and a few of her band buddies at “Media Day” on Saturday.  It was the first time I’ve gotten to see her in her drum major uniform (SO PROUD)!  That’s Dakota, Peyton, Courtney, PETBoy and Bookworm from left to right; I can’t quite believe they’re all seniors now.  Sigh.

Scent Diary will be posted later today. 

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Mini-Reviews Roundup, July 20, 2012: Neil Morris scents

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The minor issue of how many times one wears a perfume before reviewing it came up in discussion elsewhere (if I could remember where I saw the discussion, I’d say so! Alas, my brain is sievelike lately.), so I thought I’d reiterate my usual modus operandi, which is Latin for M.O. 1

For full-fledged reviews, I always, always wear a scent a minimum of three times. For mini-reviews, one wearing is the norm, unless I feel that I didn’t really “catch” the spirit of thing. Sometimes I’ll attempt a mini-review and be baffled, and then wear the perfume enough that I think a full review is more appropriate, in which case I withhold the mini-review.

It’s Neil Morris Week! I have a handful of his scents to test, and to be honest,what this really tells me is that I need to test more of them. These are startlingly inventive and quirky and enjoyable, and I wish I lived in NYC so I could sniff more without ordering a sample of every single thing he’s created. Continue reading →

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Posting delay. AGAIN.

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I am having laptop WordPress 3.4 software issues, and so my long-in-the-writing review of Deneuve, parfum and edt, may not be posted until later in the day.  Or possibly Saturday.

In the meantime, please enjoy this adorable picture of a kitteh preparing for smackdown:

 Kitten. :)

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Scent the Characters of The Hunger Games trilogy

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C’mon, you know you want to!  This has been fun.  Feel free to disagree with me in comments.  The photos are from the 2012 film, images from RottenTomatoes.com.

Read my review of Catching Fire here, and of The Hunger Games here.  I’ve gotten distracted from writing my review of Mockingjay, probably because I was disappointed by what I saw as the structure failing the story, but I need to get back to it.

I should clarify (thanks for the reminder, Bryan!) that I doubt very much that any of the characters from the Districts would actually WEAR perfume at all, though of course my assumption is that the Capitol characters would call it a necessity.  That wasn’t what I was getting at.  Instead, my idea was, “Name a scent that would suit this character’s personality.”

Katniss Everdeen Tough call, very tough… not girly, not shy, not too refined. Nothing bosomy or flirty, so no florientals. Earthy, green, leather? Definitely NO ROSES (i.e., Tresor and Rive Gauche are right out). Should be a charismatic, compelling fragrance with a clear personality. Bandit would work, except that it scares me and she doesn’t. Or maybe Bois 1920 Come la Luna, with its herbal green notes and suggestion of strength. Possibly Shiseido Inoui, for its green, astringent, bracing yet floral character.  Or gorgeous/strong Balmain Jolie Madame, in vintage parfum, with its green notes, violets, and leather.

Peeta Mellark Everybody’s favorite Boy with the Bread (yeah, I’m on Team Peeta, wanna make something of it??) would possibly wear Bois Farine, for its flour note. However, I’m picking Un Bois Vanille, for its sheer friendliness and amiable reliability. Strong, sweet, calm, unassuming, never lets you down: that’s my boy. Continue reading →

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Scent Diary, June 4-10, 2012

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Monday, June 4: Lovely weather for June – partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s. Perfect for working cattle, as The CEO says. Also very nice for making hay. The older two kids helped today, with Bookworm moving bales and Gaze raking. The CEO says that Gaze does an amazing, intuitive job on a tractor. He just gets it. (That’s way more than I can do, I say.) SOTD: DSH La Fete Nouvelle, my favorite – oh, who am I kidding, my ONLY – hay scent.

I’ve been working on getting hair out of Bookworm’s shower drain, so that it will consent to actually let water out. Grrrrr. Drano ain’t workin’.

Tuesday, June 5: Another cool beautiful day with sunshine. SOTD: a mod of SSS Forest Walk. Which I enjoyed very much. I was surprised to hear from Laurie that she’s tweaked it (with less “funk,” as she says, which I’m assuming is that really indolic jasmine she uses in Jour Ensoleille, and more frankincense) since sending me a sample, so I’ll receive another sample soon. I’ll do a full review on this one since it will be released soon, but preliminary wearings tell me that this will smell more like what I expected to find in Ormonde Woman than what I did find (three seconds of evergreen/fir, two minutes of violet leaf, and then amberamberamberamber well into the evening). Continue reading →

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Book Review: Catching Fire (second of the Hunger Games trilogy), by Suzanne Collins

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As I mentioned before, I like to try to read what my teenage daughter’s reading, so I can keep up with her thoughts. I thought the the original novel was well worth reading, and was eager to continue with the rest of the series.  Review of The Hunger Games here.

I’ve realized that what I’m doing here with these Hunger Games book reviews is not so much reviewing them as analyzing them. I shoulda been an editor. I shoulda gone into publishing… I shoulda told my dad that no matter if he refused to pay for a useless bachelor’s degree in English, I’d get a loan and pay for it myself. I didn’t. (Oldest children tend to want to please their parents. I blame Dad a little, but I suppose at this point I blame myself more for not being willing to suffer for what I wanted, to the point of making him unhappy.)

Synopsis (Warning, contains spoilers. I don’t think this is a big deal, given that the book was released in 2009, but if you go ahead and read anything in blue and find out things you didn’t want to know before reading the book yourself, it’s your own fault.): Continue reading →

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